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Rupert P. Pearson

Published on: Friday, June 19, 2015

LINCKLAEN – Rupert P. Pearson, 86, of Lincklaen, passed away Wednesday, June 17 at his home. He was born in Lincklaen and had retired as a shipping and receiving clerk at Gladding in South Otselic and also was a farmer.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of Korea and was a member of the Perry Cook Post 973 American Legion in South Otselic for 56 years, many of which he served as chaplain. Rupert was a member of the local band Country Bumpkins and loved to raise animals. Rupert always said “Vice Grips and duct tape can fix anything.”

Surviving his wife of 51 years Katheryn of Lincklaen; daughters Holly (Michael) Harris of DeRuyter, Donna (Tom) Shedd of Middletown, MD, Rovena (Gene) Mead of DeRuyter, Rebeca (Wesley) Palmer of Lincklaen; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Services will be Monday June 22 at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, DeRuyter. Burial will be in Lincklaen Center Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday June 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the Perry Cook American Legion Post 973, South Otselic, N.Y. or the Arthritis Foundation of C.N.Y.


Salvatore J. “sam” Sastri

Published on: Friday, June 19, 2015

HAMILTON – Salvatore J. “Sam” Sastri, 88, of Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City.

He was born July 16, 1926 in Norwich, NY, one of nine children of Frank and Jenny Fazio Sastri and was a graduate of Norwich High School. Sam proudly served his country in the US. Navy during WWII from 1944 to 1946. On August 25, 1947, he was united in marriage to Nancy Runyon at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Norwich. Nancy predeceased him on October 19, 2008. Sam was the owner, operator and chef of the Wallace Hotel in West Eaton until retiring. Following that, he moved to Vero Beach, FL where he loved working for the Vero Beach Dodgers. He also enjoyed playing golf.

Sam was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton. He was a former member of the Hamilton Lions Club; a former Hamilton Village Board member; and a former member of the Fountain Fire Co. #1 of Hamilton.

Surviving are his children, Ann and Lyle Motley of Painted Post, NY; and John Sastri of New Haven, CT; a sister Rose Phelps of Norwich; a brother, Joseph Sastri of Hot Springs, AR; his grandchildren, Eustacia Bean and Jackson Sastri; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am Monday, June 22, 2015 from St. Mary’s Church, 16 Wylie St., Hamilton, followed by interment with military honors in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hamilton.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton on Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Hamilton Lions Club, or to Fountain Fire Co. #1, 121 Lebanon St., Hamilton, NY 13346.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Archie R Meek

Published on: Friday, June 19, 2015

NORWICH – Archie R Meek, 91, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the Norwich Rehabilitation Center. The son of Ralph and Maude Meek, Archie was born in March of 1924 in Oxford at home. Archie grew up in the Oxford and Norwich area and graduated from Oxford Academy in 1940. Following school, he worked the family farm with his father.

On March 4, 1945 he married Gertrude Phetteplace and soon after started his own farm, Lyon Brook Farm in Norwich. The urge to work with superior cattle was strong, so in the early 50’s with help from the NYS Holstein Association he went to Waterloo, NY and had the opportunity to select his own herd of registered Holsteins. In this herd of cows was a prolific producer called Hamaret Queen Prospector. This world record holding cow was the first to produce 30,000 pounds of milk per year for three consecutive years in a row. Thousands of people visited the farm each year to view the cow. Not only did this benefit Archie, it benefited the dairy business in Chenango County. Over the years Archie held true to his line of breeding and his cows were in great demand through out the world. After Archie’s retirement from active dairy farming, he traveled for Superior Sires, a group of NYS farmers who developed Holstein breeding bulls.

Archie was also known for growing the ‘best sweet corn’ in Chenango County. There were times when he would ask a customer when they were going to cook the corn. If it was midweek and they told him on the weekend, he would tell them to come back and buy the corn on the weekend. He was a firm believer in “fresh is best.”

Archie loved to hunt and fish. During deer season all farm chores were done as fast as possible. In later years, he enjoyed spending time at the family hunting lodge “Gobbler’s Roost“. Archie enjoyed sharing his fish fries and many hunting stories, especially the one about his 1945 deer mount that cost $18.00 because the candle sticks were three dollars extra.

Archie was a Hit with his Grand and Great Grand Children and he instilled his love of Family and the outdoors in them.

Archie is survived by his children and their spouses: Bradley of Port Jefferson, NY, Ronald and Kathy of Norwich, James and Linda of Oxford, Gary and Deb of Canandaigua, Kevin and Cheri Ring of Oxford, and Elaine and Bill Lavacca of Sagamore Beach, MA. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Archie was predeceased by his wife Gertrude, son Charles ‘Chipper’ and siblings Arlene, Baker and Eleanor.

Funeral services for Archie will be on Monday, June 22 at 11:00 A.M. at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home. Richard Howard will officiate. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Oxford, NY. Friends are invited to call at the R.J. Fahy Funeral Home on Sunday, June 21 from 3 - 6 pm. Please consider contributions in Archie’s memory to the 4H Dairy Scholarship Fund, 99 N. Broad St. Norwich or to the charity of your choice.


Donna Ann Miller

Published on: Monday, June 22, 2015

DONNA ANN MILLER

NORTH PITCHER – Donna Ann Miller, 59, a life long resident of No. Pitcher, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in the Bassett Hospital of Cooperstown.

Donna was born in Norwich on February 2, 1956 the daughter of Donald and Glorianna (Stone) DuBois. She spent her entire life in the Pitcher area and attended the Otselic Valley School.

Donna was without question a wonderful cook. She owned and operated Donna’s Lunch Box in South Otselic for over 17 years. Her pies, breads, cinnamon rolls and homemade jellies were known throughout the area. Natural herbs and their their healing qualities were a passion of hers. She also made her own wine and fruit juices. It goes without saying that she will truly be missed.

Donna is survived by her parents, Donald and Glorianna DuBois, her children; Tammy Lee Mason of No. Pitcher, Eric Lee Mason and wife Kristin of Canastota and Ashleen Mary Miller of No. Pitcher, her sisters Joan Parks and husband Dale of Norwich, Sally Cuellar and husband Gerado of Mt. Petis, CA, Joann DuBois of Sherburne and Shelly Beckwith and husband Chris of Taylor and her brothers Donald DuBois, Jr and wife Tracy of Riverview, FL, Ronald DuBois of No. Pitcher and John DuBois of Sherburne. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Alexus Ann and Abiana Elizabeth White, Morgan Jean, Mya Rose and Meadow Annmarie Mason and Mason and Damein Miller. Many nieces, nephews aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Donna was predeceased by a grandson Raymond Miller.

Private services for Donna will be at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Andrew Levix

Published on: Monday, June 22, 2015

ANDREW LEVIX

It is with heavy hearts the family of Andrew Levix announces his departure from this life and entry into the house of the Lord on Friday, June 19, 2015, to be with his parents and beloved wife Jean. Andrew was born on October 21, 1928 to William and Rose Levix on Long Island, NY. Andy lost his parents at a very young age and for a short time lived with his future wife’s parents Edward and Louise Coles, whom he grew to love as his own family.

Andrew and Jean made their home in Norwich in the early 1960’s, first working for many years at HGH Construction then as a private contractor in the Norwich area. You could see him anywhere around the city carrying his toolbox from job to job. He also worked with his longtime friend, Charles Peters at Chenango Glass helping to install windows and mirrors throughout the county. Andrew loved to walk and could be seen walking from one end of the city to the other almost any day of the week. Upon retirement Andy continued to walk uptown and to the stores. He could frequently be seen taking his daily trek to TOPS to buy his scratch-offs and visit with his many friends.

Growing up on Long Island, one of Andy’s loves was baseball. He recounted many stories of going into the “city” to watch the Mets, the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He and Jason shared a love of the Mets and would watch the games together, commiserating when they lost and celebrating when they won. They made many trips to Binghamton to watch the B-Mets play live and to enjoy that “take me out to the ballgame” sensation.

Andrew was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean on July 14, 1990.

Andrew is survived by his sons Andrew and Denise Levix, William and Bernadette Levix, daughters Debbie Malgonado, Wanda Levix and Randy Buck, Wendy and Wade White and a step-daughter Sharon and Thomas Jones. Andy is also survived by his “special son” his grandson Jason and his wife Jessica with whom he shared a home. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Drew Levix, Holly and Mike Lees, Jack Levix, Erica Jones, Kellie and Daniel McNelly, Kyle and Charlie Levix, Jessica Levix, Barbara and Anthony Hawthorne, Richard and Chelsea Shepard, Brandy King, Ryan White and Alisha White. He is also survived by a growing number of grandchildren.

Andy is also survived by one sister Rosemary and Robert Whalen, one brother John (Jack) Levix and was predeceased by one brother Vincent (Vinnie) Levix.

As his family, we do not ask for condolences or your sadness. We wish, instead, to focus and celebrate the special loving man.

Services of remembrance will be private.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Sheree D. Acre

Published on: Monday, June 22, 2015

SHEREE D. ACRE

NEW BERLIN – Sheree D. Acre, 57 yrs old of New Berlin, NY gained her greatest victory by passing away at her home after a valiant fight against cancer on June 20, 2015.

Sheree was born on July 9, 1957 in New Berlin, NY the daughter of Ken & Ellen (Crandall) Carpenter. Her childhood was spent in the Pittsfield and New Berlin, NY areas. She was a 1975 graduate of New Berlin Central School and a 1977 graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College. She became the first female police officer in Norwich, NY and was a retired criminal justice teacher at BOCES. She was a health care provider and director of special needs at Sky Lake Camp for several years and was an active member of Skills USA, a student leadership organization. Sheree also served as a pastor for several local churches and was a member of the New Berlin Emergency Squad and an ER Tech at Bassett Hospital.

On October 12, 1985 she married Mike Acre who survives her.

She is also survived by her children; Shawn and Caree Acre of New Berlin and Debby Gerl of Woodstock, GA and granddaughter Makenzie Acre, as well as her brother; Dan Carpenter & his wife Diane of Cazenovia, niece and nephews; Robin Beckwith, Brad and Keith Carpenter, sister-in-law Beverly Carpenter and special life-long friend Cindy Figger.

She was predeceased by her parents Ken & Ellen Carpenter and grandparents; Gladys & Glen Carpenter as well as one brother, Charles Carpenter.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin, NY with Pastors Lyle Linder and Richard Anderson officiating. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

The interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery, New Berlin, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


William G. “bill” Au

Published on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SHERBURNE – William G. “Bill” Au, 59, of State Highway 80, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born February 20, 1956 in Syracuse, NY, son of Dr. William Y.W. and Beverly Nessel Au. He received his BA in Industrial Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and was a self-employed industrial designer. Bill enjoyed fly-fishing, music and dancing. He was a member and secretary of Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209.

Bill was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne where he was always ready to help with church activities or projects. He was a kind and generous person, always willing to help others.

Surviving are his father, Dr. William Y.W. Au of Sherburne; his loving companion, Joy Tracy of Sherburne; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia “Ginger” and Steven Savage of Merrimack, NH; Cindy and Bruce Rosenberg of Germantown, MD; Elizabeth “Liz” and Robert Martinsen of West Linn, OR; nieces Allison, Jennifer, Melanie and Annaliese and nephews Daniel and Nicholas. He was a loving “Paw Paw” to Joy’s grandchildren. His mother, Beverly, predeceased him in 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at St Malachy’s Church in Sherburne, followed by burial in St. Malachy’s Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Friday from 5-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209, c/o Anthony Savitsky, 204 Aurora Dr., Norwich, NY 13815; St. Malachy’s Church, PO Box 722, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York NY 10016.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Marion K. Warner

Published on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A graveside service for Marion K. Warner who passed away November 27, 2014, will be held on Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. from the Foster Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Daneil M. “dani” Miner

Published on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

DANEIL M. “DANI” MINER

SHERBURNE – Daneil M. “Dani” Miner, 19, of Furman Mills Rd., passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at University Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born February 2, 1996 in Sidney, a daughter of Daniel and Cindy Beilby Miner. Dani was a senior at Sherburne-Earlville High School. She was the assistant manager of the Dollar General Store in Hamilton. She enjoyed bowling.

Surviving are her parents, Cindy and Joe Woodcock of Sherburne, and Daniel Miner of Norwich; her siblings, April and Mike Parkhurst, Sandra Miner, Jennifer Miner, Cali Woodcock, Martin Key, Aaron and Kate Key, James Miner, Hunter Woodcock, Ladean and Jason Brink, Jalene and Shawn Scribner, Cohen Woodcock and Austin Woodcock; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services and interment will be private at the convenience of her family.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Choices Program Pediatric Palliative Care, c/o Tara Wilhoit, Pediatrics, Upstate University Hospital 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY, 13210.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Catherine Danaher

Published on: Thursday, June 25, 2015

CATHERINE DANAHER

NORWICH – Catherine Irene Foote Danaher, 87 yrs old of Norwich, NY passed away on June 23, 2015 in Utica, NY.

Catherine was born on August 19, 1927 in Wilbraham, MA the daughter of Clinton L. & Dorothy (Sherwin) Foote. Her childhood was spent in the Wilbraham & Springfield MA areas where she was a 1945 graduate of the High School of Commerce. On June 7, 1947 she married Bernard Rickard Danaher in Thomaston, CT. Bernard predeceased her on February 13, 2015.

Catherine was a bookkeeper at Seth Thomas Clocks Co, Inc. and Thomaston supply Company in Thomaston, CT and was also a bookkeeper/office manager for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Chenango County, 4-H Program retiring in December 1986 after 21 years of service. She also assisted with the operation of the family dairy farm business for over 20 years and later helped with a small beef herd.

She is survived by her children; Robert R. Danaher, Sr. and his wife Shirley of West Burlington, NY; Eileen D. Wright and husband Frank of Stevens, PA as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers; Raymond Petke of Thomaston, CT and David C. Petke of Damascus, MD.

She was predeceased by one son; Timothy B. Danaher, Sr. and one sister; Dorothy F. Fox.

Catherine served as a 4-H leader in Chenango County for 25 years and served for 2 years as treasurer of the 4-H Leaders Association of Chenango County. She was also a 27 year member of the Beacon Grange #118 of Northfield, CT and a 25 year member of the Cooperative Extension Association of Chenango County, 4H program.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Dakin Funeral Home, LP of New Berlin, NY. Calling hours will be held from 12-1 p.m. prior to the funeral service also at the funeral home.

The interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Thomaston, CT at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Arthur R. "art" Powell

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

Arthur R. "Art" Powell, 59, of So. Plymouth, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home.

Funeral arrangements for Art are pending at the Wilson Funeral Home. A complete obituary will be published when it becomes available.


William G. Au

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

SHERBURNE – William G. “Bill” Au, 59, of State Highway 80, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

He was born February 20, 1956 in Syracuse, NY, son of Dr. William Y.W. and Beverly Nessel Au. He received his BA in Industrial Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and was a self-employed industrial designer. Bill enjoyed fly-fishing, music and dancing. He was a member and secretary of Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209.

Bill was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne where he was always ready to help with church activities or projects. He was a kind and generous person, always willing to help others.

Surviving are his father, Dr. William Y.W. Au of Sherburne; his loving companion, Joy Tracy of Sherburne; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia “Ginger” and Steven Savage of Merrimack, NH; Cindy and Bruce Rosenberg of Germantown, MD; Elizabeth “Liz” and Robert Martinsen of West Linn, OR; nieces Allison, Jennifer, Melanie and Annaliese and nephews Daniel and Nicholas. He was a loving “Paw Paw” to Joy’s grandchildren. His mother, Beverly, predeceased him in 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, June 27, 2015 at St Malachy’s Church in Sherburne, followed by burial in St. Malachy’s Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Friday from 5-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Trout Unlimited, Chenango County Chapter #209, c/o Anthony Savitsky, 204 Aurora Dr., Norwich, NY 13815; St. Malachy’s Church, PO Box 722, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York NY 10016.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Albert D. Ray, Sr.

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

NORWICH – Albert D. Ray, Sr. , 77, of Norwich, passed away after a brief illness Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015, in the Wilson Hospital of Johnson City.

Al was born in New Berlin, NY on August 6, 1937 the son of George and Myrtle (Cole) Ray Sr. He attended school in West Winfield and has called Norwich his home for the past 60 years. On May 16, 1958 in Norwich he married Beverly Kane who passed away August 28, 2012.

Al was employed for 37 years by the Norwich Shoe Company where he “did it all.” Not a man to sit idle he then became employed by Chenango Memorial Hospital where he worked in the housekeeping dept.

Al loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He always wanted to help, be it with the cooking, building a shed or tending to the garden. During his wife’s illness, Al remained by her side and did as much as he could for her and at the same time committed endless hours of himself to volunteerism to help others there and continuing until the time of his death.

Al is survived by his children; Albert Ray Jr. and wife Paula of Plymouth, JoAnn Snowden and husband Michael of Monticello, his grandchildren; Kara West, Satanya Snowden, Patrice Ray, Michael Snowden II, Taneka Snowden and Andrea Ray, his step-grandchildren Tori Coles, Tyler Ward, Tyah, Ronnie and Casey Schunk and his great grandchildren; Kevin West, Jasmine West, Caevion Fowler, Caeden Fowler, Saniya Santos and Ayva Snowden. Also surviving are his sisters and brothers; Irene Jaquay and husband LeeDue of Columbus, Evelyn Sabines of Oxford, Sharon Ray of Pittstown, his brothers Harold Ray of Oneonta, DeVares Ray of Hawaii, Daniel Ray and wife Erma of Burlington Flats, Michael Ray and companion Sana of Sherburne and Douglas Ray and wife Joan of New Berlin along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his wife Beverly, Al was predeceased by his daughter Jane Ray Schunk, brothers Clarence Ray, Eugene Ray, Lyndon (Pete) Ray, George Ray Jr. and sisters Beverly Eckert, Ruth Jones, Sandra Stringham and Mae Ray.

A funeral service for Al will be held on Monday, June 29, at noon from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Nancy Hale, Pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church of Norwich will officiate. Interment will be in the Mt.Hope Cemetery.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.


Robert F. Taylor

Published on: Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTH NORWICH – Robert F. Taylor, 94, of County Highway 20, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center.

He was born April 4, 1921 in Philadelphia, PA, a son of Carl G. and Martha Williams Taylor, and was a graduate of George Junior Republic Union High School. In Freeville, NY.

On December 16, 1955, Robert married Mary Gager in Sherburne. She predeceased him on April 26, 2013. Bob had been a farmer for over 21 years, and then worked at the Norwich Knitting Mill for a short time. He later worked for Proctor & Gamble in Norwich for over 20 years until retiring. Bob was a member of the West Smyrna Baptist Church.

Surviving are his friends and his church family at the West Smyrna Baptist Church, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Thursday, June 25, 2015 in the North Norwich Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the West Smyrna Baptist Church, 1893 State Highway 80, Smyrna, NY 13464; or to Camp BAYOUCA, 100 Camp Spaulding Rd., Smithville Flats, NY 13841.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


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